Robert Wilson, TV Producer and Dad to Luke and Owen Wilson, Dies at 75

Robert Wilson, legendary TV producer and father to actors Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson, died on Friday. He was 75.

Luke confirmed the news to the Dallas Morning News just ahead of the weekend. He also told the Texas paper that his dad had spent the last few years battling Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting a cause of death.

While his sons are both household names, Robert was a successful TV icon himself. Not only did he help launch Jim Lehrer’s career with “Newsroom” through local, public affiliate KERA in 1968 — Lehrer famously hosted PBS’ “NewsHour” from 1975-2011 — he was also responsible for bringing “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” to American television screens.

Owen even once attributed his comedy stylings to his father while promoting “Midnight in Paris” in 2011. “He worked with these great creative people with great senses of humor and I remember being at dinner and just hearing Dad’s friends talk,” he said. “I think that was for me and my brothers a big influence on what was funny.”

Robert’s declining health became noticeable that same year when he was unable to attend KERA’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Luke, Owen, and brother Andrew add that anyone wishing to pay their respects can do so by making a donation to PBS.

More TV

  • Dirk Gently renewed season 2

    'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency' Canceled by BBC America

    Robert Wilson, legendary TV producer and father to actors Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson, died on Friday. He was 75. Luke confirmed the news to the Dallas Morning News just ahead of the weekend. He also told the Texas paper that his dad had spent the last few years battling Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting a cause […]

  • Delayed Viewing Ratings: 'Designated Survivor' Rises

    Delayed Viewing Ratings: 'Designated Survivor' Rises 120 Percent in Week 10

    Robert Wilson, legendary TV producer and father to actors Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson, died on Friday. He was 75. Luke confirmed the news to the Dallas Morning News just ahead of the weekend. He also told the Texas paper that his dad had spent the last few years battling Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting a cause […]

  • Geoffrey C. Ward speaks on stage

    'Vietman War' Writer Geoffrey C. Ward Honored by Writers Guild of America East

    Robert Wilson, legendary TV producer and father to actors Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson, died on Friday. He was 75. Luke confirmed the news to the Dallas Morning News just ahead of the weekend. He also told the Texas paper that his dad had spent the last few years battling Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting a cause […]

  • Amazon Passes on Comedy Pilots 'Sea

    Amazon Passes on Comedy Pilots 'Sea Oak,' 'The Climb' and 'Love You More'

    Robert Wilson, legendary TV producer and father to actors Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson, died on Friday. He was 75. Luke confirmed the news to the Dallas Morning News just ahead of the weekend. He also told the Texas paper that his dad had spent the last few years battling Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting a cause […]

  • NCIS New Orleans

    TNT Acquires Rerun Rights to 'NCIS: New Orleans'

    Robert Wilson, legendary TV producer and father to actors Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson, died on Friday. He was 75. Luke confirmed the news to the Dallas Morning News just ahead of the weekend. He also told the Texas paper that his dad had spent the last few years battling Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting a cause […]

  • Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to

    Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Dec. 18, 2017

    Robert Wilson, legendary TV producer and father to actors Luke Wilson and Owen Wilson, died on Friday. He was 75. Luke confirmed the news to the Dallas Morning News just ahead of the weekend. He also told the Texas paper that his dad had spent the last few years battling Alzheimer’s disease, suggesting a cause […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content